Rand Paul Says Socialism Interfering With Antibody Treatment Distribution

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) appeared on the Friday broadcast of “Hannity” on the Fox News Network. He addressed the politicization of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by Democrats in Washington.

Paul has been a vocal critic of the administration’s handling of the crisis in general and the misleading statements of Dr. Anthony Fauci in particular. On Friday, the Kentucky physician addressed the problems surrounding the White House’s policy regarding the distribution of monoclonal antibody treatments.

Those treatments are effective in treating persons infected by the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and its delta variant.

Paul said that the Democrats running the country from Washington are making decisions about distributing the life-saving treatments according to “socialist thinking” rather than based on the fundamental principles of supply and demand.

The senator told Hannity that the current policy demonstrates the “difference between socialized medicine and capitalism.” He emphasized that when demand goes up, as is the case currently in Florida, supply should be increased to match it, as happens with capitalism.

Paul said that socialist distribution relies on political motivations and reasoning. If the bureaucrats believe more “deplorable” Republicans or “unvaccinated unwashed” in a particular state, politics will dictate the distribution.

He added that private treatments producers would increase production and distribution to the most in need under capitalism. Paul said that capitalism is “life-saving.”

As to the medical uses of the treatments, Paul said that Fauci and the CDC should update their recommendations to allow for in-patient antibody treatments. He said that in-patient treatment would ensure relatively good oxygenation for patients with relatively new infections who are not yet in need of ventilation.

Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis said last week that the Biden administration’s new policy for “equitable” distribution of monoclonal antibody treatments was a “major curveball,” with a “really huge cut.”

DeSantis said that his administration will “leave no stone unturned” and that for any Floridians needing treatment, they are going to “work like hell” to get it.